Not-so-Super Tuesday

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Super Tuesday is over.

It is now Weepy Wednesday in Toronto.

Today the city is mourning the Maple Leafs' 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins last night, a game the hosts badly needed to win.

The fat lady may not be singing officially yet, but we can hear her warbling in the back room preparing to deliver the last rites to Toronto's playoff aspirations.

A win would have drawn the Leafs to within two points of the eighth-place Bruins going into the second-leg of their home-and-home series in Boston tomorrow. But it was not to be.

Super Tuesday started with such promise. With six points separating the No. 7 and No. 12 teams in the East, it was going to be a wild night, especially since all six teams involved in the hunt for the final two post-season spots -- Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Buffalo, Florida and Toronto -- were playing.

Here is how Super Tuesday played out.

10:09 a.m.: Captain Mats Sundin steps onto the Air Canada Centre ice gingerly to test his slightly torn groin muscle. A minute later he is joined by Nik Antropov, who has been out since March 15 with an injured knee. Sundin leaves 15 minutes later; Antropov soon is joined by his teammates for the morning skate. Neither will face the Bruins 91/2 hours later.

10:58: Antropov tells two diligent Toronto radio reporters he hopes to be back in the lineup tomorrow in Boston. Will it be one game too late?

12:10 p.m.: Bruins coach Claude Julien discusses how three of his four centres are rookies, given the recent injury to leading scorer Marc Savard.

2:02: Sundin arrives at Turner & Porter on Bloor St. W. to attend the visitation held for long-time Toronto Sun sports columnist George Gross, who passed away Friday at the age of 85. Sundin had lunch with Gross several times during the past several months and wants to pay his respects.

6:43: With sleet pelting down in sheets, a scalper holding a "Tickets Wanted" sign says business is mediocre. "Not many are buying," he says. "I don't think many people feel the Leafs can make the playoffs." Prophetic?

7:22: Before the Leafs and Bruins have taken the ice, word comes down that the Senators have taken a 1-0 lead over the Sabres on a goal by Christoph Schubert. Whoever thought the arch-rival Sens actually would be helping the Leafs?

7:55: The Leafs present a touching tribute to Gross on the centre ice video screen. Knowing the Baron's competitive spirit, he likely would have preferred three or four early Leafs goals instead.

7:59: The Sabres, Capitals, Flyers and Panthers all are down by identical 1-0 scores in their respective games, good news for the Leafs. Now here is the bad news for Leafs coach Paul Maurice: His team also trails by that 1-0 margin, thanks to a Glen Murray power-play goal.

8:45: There is no joy in Hogtown. David Krejci and Marco Sturm have widened the Bruins' lead to 3-0; Bryan McCabe gets a delay-of-game minor for scooping the puck over the glass after Sturm's goal.

8:53: Just when the stuffed-shirts in the platinum seats are discussing what kind of caviar will be served in their private suites at the Blue Jays' home opener, Jason Blake's weird seeing-eye goal closes the gap to 3-1, infusing energy back into the building.

9:18: Healing Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, out for most of the season with post-concussion syndrome, spends the intermission watching out-of-town highlights on a press box TV. Bergeron hopes his recovery will allow him to be activated during the playoffs, should the Bruins get there.

9:26: Having been gutted by former Bruin Joe Thornton so many times in the past, the Leafs watch another Thornton -- Shawn -- beat Vesa Toskala to put the visitors up 4-1, a commanding three-goal margin.

9:51: After Alexei Ponikarovsky brings the Leafs to within two, Boston's Phil Kessel sends the fans scurrying to the exits by putting the Bruins up 5-2. With 3:18 remaining in the game, Toskala is pulled. Desperate times, desperate measures.

9:56: The horn sounds on a 6-2 Boston win. The Leafs are six points out of a playoff spot with just five games to go.

When do the Jays open again?


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